King Kohli set to be Top Indian Batsman again in 2nd Test!!

Lets face it, if it wasn’t for England winning the Test match, Virat Kohli would have easily won the man of the match award (rather that England’s Sam Curran) for his first innings century, as his knock was imperious and fully underlined his credentials of being the best batsman in the world at the moment.

Such was Kohli’s dominance, it looks hard to see past him repeating the feat and again being Top Indian batsman in the 2nd Test, starting at Lord’s on Thursday (9th August).

Such was the quality of the innings, it would have been worthy of taking the man of the match award every day of the week under normal circumstances – but such was the all out action and up and down nature of the 1st Test, meant these weren’t normal circumstances. It was a bonkers, thoroughly enjoyable match.

Going into Thursday’s 2nd Test match, and it’s no surprise to see that Kolhi is the favourite in the betting to be Top Indian Batsman, he is as short as 7/4 with some bookmakers, with Betway having him at 2/1.

Remarkably, and this might sum up the rest of India’s batsmen at the moment, Cheteshwar Pujara is the second favourite in the betting, at 9/2, and he isn’t even confirmed as in the team – although common consensus is that he will play.

Kolhi’s India team will be looking to level the series at 1-a-piece at Lord’s on Thursday, and they are 9/5 to win the Test. Joe Root’s England side are 21/20, with the Draw at 10/3.

India’s main selections dilemma seems to be who to leave out for Pujara to probably come back in, while trying to decide whether to go in with 2 spinners or not.

England have brought in youngster Ollie Pope, in place of t he dropped Dawid Malan, and have put him in the line up at No.3, despite him batting at 6 for his county side.

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England’s only other selection issue is the spinner conundrum as well, as they decide whether replace Ben Stokes with either Chris Woakes in a like-for-like swap, or recall Moeen Ali and go with the twin spin option.

Given the way Sam Curran performed at Edgbaston, Joe Root now knows he has a third seam bowler he can reply on, which opens the door slightly more for a Moeen recall – although I expect England will probably play safe and go with Woakes.

England favourites in the betting to make it 2-1 at Edgbaston

Despite the loss of Ben Stokes, England still go into the 3rd Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham as heavy odds on favourites.

The bookies make England a best price of 4/6 to win the 3rd Test and ensure that Alastair Cook’s men can’t lose the series. The draw is coming in at around 3/1, and a Pakistan victory at 9/2.

The hosts levelled the series in Manchester last week with a comprehensive 330 run win, to go into this weeks contest with the (best of 4) series all square at 1-1.

England will no doubt miss Stokes, abut his absence won’t upset the balance of the side too much, given the all round form of Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes.

Woakes is in the form of his life, and now totally looks at home at international level. He is currently streets ahead in the wicket taking charts in this series, with 18 wickets. Only Pakistan’s Yasir Shah is in double figures, he has 11 victims, with Stuart Broad and Moeen next with 7 wickets.

This just goes to underline the fact that Woakes has been the stand out performer for England all summer, and just why it took Alastair Cook so long to bowl him at Old Trafford in the Pakistani second innings is anyone’s guess. I would have thought he would be the go-to man if you’re looking for a wicket at the moment.

Woakes is currently vying for favouritism with Jimmy Anderson in the betting for top bowler in the 3rd Test, both can be backed at around 5/2 to 3/1 to be England’s leading wicket taker in this match. Top Batsman Betting in this match for England, is unsurprisingly Joe Root, at a best price of 5/2.

Pakistan shouldn’t be dismissed too lightly ahead of this match though. Edgbaston is well known for being receptive to spin, and with Yasir Shah in their ranks, Pakistan are well represented in that department.

Shah is as short as 2/1 with some bookies to be top Pakistani bowler in Wednesday’s Test, with Misbah and Azhar Ali joint favourites to be top batsman for the visitors.

If you’re trading the Test match, or looking to use any sort of betting system on the match, it starts at 11am on Wednesday, and is from Edgbaston in Birmingham. Coverage is live on Sky Sports.

Cricket Betting doesn’t usually throw up many enhanced odds opportunities that betting systems such as Bonus Bagging and Profit Maximiser can take advantage off, it’s generally football betting offers that gives punters the chance to make some money from sign up offers. That said, you can get the occasional new account offer from Betfair on the cricket, so they might be worth keeping an eye on this week.

England cut to win World T20 after record breaking win over South Africa

After their record breaking win over South Africa last week, England will be looking to consolidate their position in Group 1 when they take on Afghanistan in Delhi on Wednesday.

Eoin Morgan’s team were in serious trouble at the half way stage when South Africa amassed 229/4 in their innings, and with a second defeat in the group stages looming, England were on the verge of needing to reply on other results after only their second group match (having already lost their opening fixture to West Indies).

That was until they produced a sensational run chase, and not only won their first match of the 2016 tournament, but also sent out a serious message to the rest of the cricketing world that England are a dangerous side, that finally have to be respected (at long last).

After their first match defeat at the hands of Chris Gayle and West Indies, England had drifted out to double figures (around 14/1) to win the tournament. Now Paddy Power have them back in at 13/2 (still only fifth favourites).

The comeback on Friday was mainly down to the excellence of Joe Root – who surely now has made a valid case to be regarded as the best all round batsman in world cricket – and the explosive start produced by Alex Hales (17 off 7 balls) and predominately Jason Roy (43 runs off 16 balls).

Then it was the Joe Root show. The Yorkshireman was sublime, creaming the South African attack to all parts of the Wankhede Stadium, scoring his 83 runs off 44 balls, at a strike rate of 188.63, with six 4s and four 6s in his Man Of The Match winning knock. Root is now as short as 4/9 to be England’s top run scorer at the tournament.

West Indies look all but assured of a place in the semi-finals after just two matches (they have already beat England and Sri Lanka). Their remaining fixtures are against South Africa on Friday, and if they don’t secure qualification there, they will no doubt complete the job when they take on Afghanistan on Sunday 27th in Nagpur.

The final spot out of Group 1 seems to be a straight shoot out between England, South Africa and Sri Lanka, with Afghanistan already looking like the group’s whipping boys with two defeats from two matches so far.

England should have 4 points (assuming they beat Afghanistan) by the time they take on Sri Lanka, which will make it a must win game for Angelo Matthews’ team if they want to stay in competition.

Even if they do go on to win that match, they will then play South Africa in their final group game, meaning the defending champions will have to do things the hard way if they are to even make it past the group stages. Sri Lanka are currently 66/1 in the World T20 betting to defend the trophy and win the 2016 World T20.

Moeen Ali Top England Batsman Enhanced Odds

There is just a few hours left to go until the start of the cricket world cup in Australia and New Zealand, and in that limited time there is an enhanced odds offer available on Moeen Ali to be top England batsman.

This offer ends on Friday 13th February at 10pm, the start of the world cup, so you need to act now if you wish to get this offer. Anybody opening a new 888Sport account through this link can get 12/1 on Moeen Ali to be England’s top world cup batsman/run scorer at the cricket world cup. The standard cricket betting odds on Ali is 4/1, so the 12/1 price enhancement is huge.

The maximum bet on Ali is £10.00, and your new account needs to be open and your bet placed before 10pm on Friday, after that he will revert back to the standard odds of 4/1.

This is a great value offer in such a tournament because with group matches against (so-called) minnows, Ali and Ian Bell might be the only two guys who get a bat if England end up chasing low scores. There is also practically no chance of Ali getting dropped, as he is also England’s spin bowling option.

Picking Moeen as an all rounder frees up an extra space for another seam bowler, or Ravi Bopara as an extra batsman. England seem to have a blind spot when it comes to picking James Tredwell and Moeen Ali, so if it comes down to one or the other, Moeen will always win as he can open the batting.